Dark currents of GaAs/AlGaAs quantum-well infrared photodetectors
2007 (English)In: Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, ISSN 0947-8396, E-ISSN 1432-0630, Vol. 89, no 3, 701-705 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We study the dark current of the GaAs/AlGaAs quantum-well infrared photodetector (QWIP) by assuming a drift-diffusion carrier transport in the barriers where the electric fields are obtained by the current continuity condition and the self-consistent energy band structure. It has been shown that due to the current continuity condition, the dark currents across the QWIP devices are determined by the thermionic emission from the emitter to the multiple quantum well (MQW) region. The self-consistent calculation of the Schrodinger and Poisson equations shows a weak electric field in the barrier region connecting to the emitter (much smaller than the average field across the QWIP at low bias) due to the accumulation of carriers in the triangle quantum well formed at the emitter-MQW interface, which results in a very small dark current at low bias. The numerical results explain well our experimental observation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 89, no 3, 701-705 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-16967DOI: 10.1007/s00339-007-4142-2ISI: 000249663500020ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34748889520OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-16967DiVA: diva2:335010
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